The Harpoon

Who's been polishing the sun?

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Harpoon magazine, packed with strange characters and baffling content galore; some spiffing good fun from the spoof magazine for boys who like a jolly wheeze.

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20101206 (BBC7)

The nostalgic spiffing spoof of adventure story papers for boys.

From September 1991.

20101205 (BBC7)

The nostalgic spiffing spoof of adventure story papers for boys.

With Alistair Mcgowan and Peter Baynham.

From September 1991.

20091221 (BBC7)

The nostalgic spiffing spoof of adventure story papers for boys.

From September 1991.

19911214

A bumper "winter" issue of the Empire's favourite magazine. With Alistair McGowan , Mary Elliot -Nelson, Julian Dutton and Peter Baynham.

Producer Sarah Smith. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Alistair McGowan

Unknown: Mary Elliot

Unknown: Julian Dutton

Unknown: Peter Baynham.

Producer: Sarah Smith.

19920604

The first in a repeat run of the comedy series from the Empire's golden age of adventure, romance and whittling! A joyous

"talking book" stuffed with jungle tales, "how-to's", patent cures, and whaling for the under-fives. Hip hip!

With Susie Brann , Alistair McGowan , Mary Elliot -

Nelson, Julian Dutton and Peter Baynham.

Producer Sarah Smith. Stereo

19920611

Another chance to flick through the pages of your favourite weekly from the Empire's golden age.

With Julian Dutton , Peter Baynham ,

Alistair McGowan , Mary Elliot -Nelson and Bryonie Pritchard.

Producer Sarah Smith. Stereo

19920618

Another chance to enjoy the slightly budget

Laughing Through the Depression edition of your favourite weekly.

With Julian Dutton , Peter Baynham ,

Alistair McGowan , Mary Elliot -Nelson and Bryonie Pritchard.

Producer Sarah Smith Stereo

19920625

The final edition in the series of the Empire's favourite magazine.

Hip Hip! with Susie Brann , Alistair McGowan , Mary Elliot Nelson ,

Bryonie Pritchard , Julian Dutton and Peter Baynham. Producer Sarah Smith Stereo

19921231

The first of four back issues. With Susie Brann , Alistair McGowan , Mary Elliot-Nelson ,

Julian Dutton , Peter Baynham.

Producer Sarah Smith. Stereo

19930107

Did you know that the dog hasn't always been man's best friend - because millions of years ago neither dog nor man existed? More facts like this plus fun and frolics in the second in a series of back issues. With

Susie Brann , Alistair McGowan , Mary Elliot-Nelson ,

Julian Dutton and Peter Baynham. Producer Sarah Smith.

19930114

Another lavishly hand-tooled back issue. With

Susie Brann ,

Alistair McGowan , Mary Elliot -

Nelson, Julian Dutton and Peter Baynham.

Producer Sarah Smith.

19930121

Wow! And hip hiporama, Harpooners! Get down daddyos to the formica fun and crepe-soled capers of this special 1950s back issue of your fave weekly rag! Plenty of nylon and skiffle, ladies - plus a/ree hula-hoop!

With Susie Brann , Alistair McGowan , Mary Elliot -

Nelson, Julian Dutton and Peter Baynham.

Producer Sarah Smith.

Christmas Special20081225 (BBC7)
20141122 (BBC7)

A rip-roaring Yuletide edition of the paper for boys. Starring Peter Baynham and Alistair McGowan. From December 1991.

0320060705 (BBC7)
20060706 (BBC7)

Who's been polishing the Sun? Why it's the magazine for the lads who love the Empire, the Harpoon.

01011991090720040812 (BBC7)
20060524 (BBC7)
20060525 (BBC7)
20070507 (BBC7)
20070508 (BBC7)
20080417 (BBC7)
20080418 (BBC7)
20090504 (BBC7)
20091215 (BBC7)
20101202 (BBC7)
20101203 (BBC7)
20110724 (BBC7)
20120219 (BBC7)
20130828 (BBC7)
20150513 (BBC7)

Who's been polishing the sun?

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Harpoon magazine, packed with strange characters and baffling content galore; some spiffing good fun from the spoof magazine for boys who like a jolly wheeze.

The nostalgic spiffing spoof of adventure story papers for boys. With Alistair McGowan and Peter Baynham. From September 1991.

The nostalgic spiffing spoof of adventure story papers for boys. From September 1991.

The nostalgic spiffing spoof of adventure story papers for boys.

With Alistair McGowan and Peter Baynham.

From September 1991.

The first in a spanking-new four-part comedy series, a joyous 'Talking Book' stuffed with Jungle Tales, 'How Tos', Patent Cures and Whaling for the Under 5s. Hip hip! With Susie Brann ,

Alistair McGowan , Mary Elliot-Nelson ,

Julian Dutton and Peter Baynham. Producer Sarah Smith. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Susie Brann

Unknown: Alistair McGowan

Unknown: Mary Elliot-Nelson

Unknown: Julian Dutton

Unknown: Peter Baynham.

Producer: Sarah Smith.

0102Looking Ahead To Autumn Issue1991091420040819 (BBC7)
20060531 (BBC7)
20060601 (BBC7)
20070514 (BBC7)
20070515 (BBC7)
20080424 (BBC7)
20080425 (BBC7)
20090511 (BBC7)
20091229 (BBC7)
20101209 (BBC7)
20101210 (BBC7)
20110731 (BBC7)
20120226 (BBC7)
20130904 (BBC7)
20150520 (BBC7)

Chat about sap, leaf collecting in the Lebanon, and ramble with the editor of Harpoon magazine.

The nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers looks ahead to Autumn.

The spoof boys' adventure magazine - the meaning of Autumn and Novelty Dance Lessons!

The spoof boys' adventure magazine - the meaning of Autumn and Novelty Dance Lessons! With Alistair McGowan.

From September 1991.

The spoof boys' adventure magazine - the meaning of Autumn and Novelty Dance Lessons! With Alistair McGowan. From September 1991.

The meaning of autumn and novelty dance lessons, in the spoof boys' adventure paper. Stars Alistair McGowan. From September 1991.

A special 'Looking Ahead to Autumn' issue of your favourite weekly pages. With Julian Dutton , Peter Baynham ,

Alistair McGowan , Mary Elliot-Nelson and Bryonie Pritchard. Producer Sarah Smith. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Julian Dutton

Unknown: Peter Baynham

Unknown: Alistair McGowan

Unknown: Mary Elliot-Nelson

Unknown: Bryonie Pritchard.

Producer: Sarah Smith.

0103Laughing Through The Depression Issue1991092120040826 (BBC7)
20060607 (BBC7)
20060608 (BBC7)
20070521 (BBC7)
20070522 (BBC7)
20080501 (BBC7)
20080502 (BBC7)
20090518 (BBC7)
20100105 (BBC7)
20101216 (BBC7)
20101217 (BBC7)
20110807 (BBC7)
20120304 (BBC7)
20130911 (BBC7)
20150527 (BBC7)

Another tantalising potpourri of articles to stimulate mind and body for all English speaking peoples across The Empire.

A special budget edition of the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers.

With Alistair McGowan.

From September 1991.

From 1991

A special budget edition of the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers. With Alistair McGowan. From September 1991.

A special budget edition of the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers. From 1991

'Laughing through the Depression' - with a slightly budget issue of your bumper golden weekly. With

Alistair McGowan , Julian Dutton , Mary Elliot-Nelson , Peter Baynham and Bryonie Pritchard.

Producer Sarah Smith. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Alistair McGowan

Unknown: Julian Dutton

Unknown: Mary Elliot-Nelson

Unknown: Peter Baynham

Unknown: Bryonie Pritchard.

Producer: Sarah Smith.

01041991092820080508 (BBC7)
20150603 (BBC7)

A veritable fascinating feast from the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers. With Peter Baynham. From September 1991.

0104 LAST1991092820040902 (BBC7)
20050426 (BBC7)
20060614 (BBC7)
20060615 (BBC7)
20060726 (BBC7)
20060727 (BBC7)
20070528 (BBC7)
20070529 (BBC7)
20080508 (BBC7)
20080509 (BBC7)
20090525 (BBC7)
20100112 (BBC7)
20101230 (BBC7)
20101231 (BBC7)
20110814 (BBC7)
20120311 (BBC7)
20130918 (BBC7)

A veritable fascinating feast from the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers. With Peter Baynham. From September 1991.

A veritable feast of facts and fiction ranging from the History of the Tomato to the Curse of the Haunted Moustache.

01XMASTChristmas Edition1991122120081225 (BBC7)
20081226 (BBC7)
20091222 (BBC7)
20101223 (BBC7)

A rip-roaring, Yuletide edition of the paper for boys.

Starring Peter Baynham.

Starring Peter Baynham and Alistair Mcgowan.

A Yuletide feast from the pages of the magazine's bumper Christmas edition.

0201Bumper Summer Edition1992072220040909 (BBC7)
20050405 (BBC7)
20050503 (BBC7)
20060621 (BBC7)
20060622 (BBC7)
20070604 (BBC7)
20070605 (BBC7)
20080515 (BBC7)
20080516 (BBC7)
20090601 (BBC7)
20090607 (BBC7)
20090608 (BBC7)
20111002 (BBC7)
20121209 (BBC7)
20140521 (BBC7)
20151116 (BBC7)

More merriment and mystery than ever before in the bumper Summer Edition of the boys' adventure paper.

Episode 1 of 4.

More merriment and mystery in the bumper Summer Edition of the boys' adventure paper.

A ripping, bumper summer edition of the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers. With Alistair McGowan. From July 1992.

02021992072920040916 (BBC7)
20050412 (BBC7)
20050510 (BBC7)
20060628 (BBC7)
20060629 (BBC7)
20070611 (BBC7)
20070612 (BBC7)
20080522 (BBC7)
20080523 (BBC7)
20090608 (BBC7)
20111009 (BBC7)
20121216 (BBC7)
20140528 (BBC7)
20151123 (BBC7)

Broadcasting secrets are revealed in the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers. With Alistair McGowan. From July 1992.

Broadcasting secrets are revealed in the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers.

With Alistair McGowan.

From July 1992.

Chock full as ever including literacy courses in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

Chat about sap, leaf collecting in the Lebanon, and ramble with the editor of Harpoon magazine.

Chock full as ever, including literacy courses.

Fun, frolics, and much, much, more. Subscribe now! With Susie Brann , Alistair McGowan , Mary Elliot-Nelson , Julian Dutton and Peter Baynham.

Producer Sarah Smith. Stereo

02031992080520040923 (BBC7)
20050419 (BBC7)
20050517 (BBC7)
20060705 (BBC7)
20060706 (BBC7)
20070618 (BBC7)
20070619 (BBC7)
20080529 (BBC7)
20080530 (BBC7)
20090615 BT=0830 (BBC7)
20090615 (BBC7)
20111016 (BBC7)
20121223 (BBC7)
20140604 (BBC7)
20151130 (BBC7)

Evolution's epic story is revealed in the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers. With Peter Baynham. From August 1992.

Evolution's epic story is revealed in the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers.

With Peter Baynham.

From August 1992.

The lavishly hand-tooled boy's paper reveals the story of evolution from Little Blobby Thing to HomoErectus Britishus Imperius.

Got Your Attention Sir?

Good.

This week's edition includes the complete story of evolution from Little Blobby Thing to Homo Erectus Britishus Imperius. Plus an advert for some sticks.

With Susie Brann , Alistair McGowan , Mary Elliot -

Nelson, Julian Dutton and Peter Baynham.

Producer Sarah Smith. Stereo

02041992081220080605 (BBC7)
20151207 (BBC7)

Here comes a Muffin the Mule shock in the spoof boys' adventure paper from yesteryear. With Alistair McGowan. From August 1992.

0204 LAST1950s Edition1992081220040930 (BBC7)
20050524 (BBC7)
20060712 (BBC7)
20060713 (BBC7)
20070625 (BBC7)
20070626 (BBC7)
20080605 (BBC7)
20080606 (BBC7)
20090622 (BBC7)
20111023 (BBC7)
20121230 (BBC7)
20140611 (BBC7)

The Empire's favourite comic meets TV's Uncle Dicky and there's a Muffin the Mule shock in store.

The Empire's comic meets TV's Uncle Dicky and there's a Muffin the Mule shock in store.

Featuring Alistair Mcgowan.

Here comes a Muffin the Mule shock in the spoof boys' adventure paper from yesteryear.

With Alistair Mcgowan.

From August 1992.

Here comes a Muffin the Mule shock in the spoof boys' adventure paper from yesteryear. With Alistair Mcgowan. From August 1992.

Wow! And hip hiporama, Harpooners! Get down daddyos to the formica fun and crepe-soled capers of this special 1950s edition of your fave weekly rag!

Plenty of nylon and skiffle, ladies - plus afree hulahoop!

With Susie Brann , Alistair McGowan , Mary Elliot -

Nelson, Julian Dutton and Peter Baynham.

Producer Sarah Smith Stereo

0301Wartime Edition1994021720080708 (BBC7)
20080709 (BBC7)
20090629 BT=0830 (BBC7)
20090629 (BBC7)
20130217 (BBC7)
20140716 (BBC7)
20160110 (BBC7)

From behind the Second World War blackout curtains, a beacon of light in the shape of a rippingly entertaining magazine.

From behind the WW2 blackout curtains, a beacon of light in the shape of a magazine.

A special wartime edition of the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers. With Alistair McGowan. From February 1994.

03021994022420080715 (BBC7)
20080716 (BBC7)
20090706 (BBC7)
20130224 (BBC7)
20140723 (BBC7)
20160117 (BBC7)

Handy hints on body language, in the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers. With Alistair McGowan. From February 1994.

Handy hints on body language, in the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers.

With Alistair McGowan.

From February 1994.

Spiffing fun from the magazine that some people have claimed is actually a radio programme.

How ridiculous.

Spiffing fun from the magazine that some people have claimed is a radio programme.

0303Lathe Edition1994030320080722 (BBC7)
20080723 (BBC7)
20090713 BT=0830 (BBC7)
20090713 (BBC7)
20130303 (BBC7)
20140730 (BBC7)
20160124 (BBC7)

Across the Atlantic Alone, and Street Cries of Olde London Towne.

Now incorporating Lathe Monthly.

Great beverages from history, in the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers.

With Alistair Mcgowan.

From March 1994.

Great beverages from history, in the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers. With Alistair McGowan. From March 1994.

0304 LASTAmerican Edition1994031020080729 (BBC7)
20080730 (BBC7)
20090720 BT=0830 (BBC7)
20090720 (BBC7)
20130310 (BBC7)
20140806 (BBC7)

A special star spangled all-American edition of the ripping magazine for boys.

A star spangled American issue of the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers.

With Alistair Mcgowan.

From March 1994.

A star-spangled American issue of the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers. With Alistair McGowan. From March 1994.